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Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)
Cash and Cash Equivalents
$19,722 Mil (As of Mar. 2014)

Johnson & Johnson's quarterly cash and cash equivalents increased from Sep. 2013 ($17,204.00 Mil) to Dec. 2013 ($20,927.00 Mil) but then declined from Dec. 2013 ($20,927.00 Mil) to Mar. 2014 ($19,722.00 Mil).

Johnson & Johnson's annual cash and cash equivalents declined from Dec. 2011 ($24,542.00 Mil) to Dec. 2012 ($14,911.00 Mil) but then increased from Dec. 2012 ($14,911.00 Mil) to Dec. 2013 ($20,927.00 Mil).


Definition

Cash and cash equivalents are the most liquid assets on the balance sheet. Cash equivalents are assets that are readily convertible into cash, such as money market holdings, short-term government bonds or Treasury bills, marketable securities and commercial paper.


Explanation

A high number means either:

1) The company has competitive advantage generating lots of cash

2) Just sold a business or bonds (not necessarily good)

A low stockpile of cash usually means poor to mediocre economics.

There are 3 ways to create large cash reserve.

1) Sell new bonds or equity to public

2) Sell business or asset

3) It has an ongoing business generating more cash than it burns (usually means durable competitive advantage)

When a company is suffering a short term problem, Buffett looks at cash or marketable securities to see whether it has the financial strength to ride it out.

Important: Lots of cash and marketable securities + little debt = good chance that the business will sail on through tough times.

Test to see what is creating cash by looking at past 7 yrs of balance sheets. This will reveal how the cash was created.


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Johnson & Johnson Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
CashAndCashEquivalents 9,20316,0554,0837,77010,76815,81019,35524,54214,91120,927

Johnson & Johnson Quarterly Data

Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14
CashAndCashEquivalents 24,54230,26714,04215,48614,91114,85517,30717,20420,92719,722
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